A police pursuit Thursday near New Baden resulted in a crash and then a manhunt in a cornfield.
Officers spent at least two hours searching for one of the subjects following the crash on Illinois 161. He eventually was captured nearby. Two other occupants of the vehicle suffered injuries and were taken to hospitals.
A red Pontiac Sunfire left the roadway shortly before 5 p.m. on Illinois 161 east of New Baden and ended up in a cornfield. Authorities said the driver ran from the car and was located more than two hours after the crash.
Sgt. Dan Travous of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department said a deputy was on patrol earlier Thursday afternoon when he saw the occupants of the Sunfire “possibly engaged in some sort of burglary or activity such as that.” Travous said authorities ran the license plate and attempted to locate the vehicle again.
“We were finally able to catch up to him out here in the rural roads out here,” Travous said. “At that point, (the deputy) flipped his lights and siren on, but the driver chose not to stop.”
Travous said the driver pulled onto Illinois 161 from Tank Road and traveled west. Authorities said the driver attempted to pass traffic, and instead, went off the road. The car went into a ditch and rolled several times into the cornfield, Travous said.
Two were injured. One passenger was ejected from the vehicle and flown to a hospital while another was transported by ambulance.
The names of the three subjects who were in the car were not immediately released.
New Baden Police Department and Clin-Clair Fire Protection District assisted in the crash and search.